“Here, at Arlington, the deafening sounds of combat have given way to the silence of these sacred hills. The chaos and confusion of battle has yielded to perfect, precise rows of peace. The Americans who rest here, and their families – the best of us, those from whom we asked everything – ask of us today only one thing in return: that we remember them.” —President Obama at Arlington National Cemetery on #MemorialDay: go.wh.gov/MemorialDay 🇺🇸

President Obama delivers remarks at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA

President Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Arlington, VA

President Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Listening to “Taps” on Memorial Day.

“A nation reveals itself not only by the people it produces, but by those it remembers.” Today we pay our respects, as Americans, to those who gave their lives for us all. #MemorialDay 🇺🇸

Panoramic of President Obama making Memorial Day remarks.

“Since that fateful day, we have made choices that give us hope. The United States and Japan forged not only an alliance, but a friendship that has won far more for our people than we could ever claim through war.” —President Obama at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Last week, President Obama visited Hiroshima becoming the first sitting U.S. President to do so. While there, he spoke with Shigeaki Mori, an atomic bomb survivor who was just 8 when the bomb detonated on Aug. 6, 1945.

Ahead of Memorial Day, President Obama met with service members and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan.

Finally home from our week-long trip to Vietnam and Japan. Those of us not on the helicopter to the South Lawn are waiting for our luggage so we can do laundry over the weekend :).